Colton Dixon

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Colton Dixon
Colton Dixon in February 2013.jpg
Background information
Born(1991-10-19) October 19, 1991 (age 22)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresChristian rock, Christian music[1][2]
InstrumentsVocals, piano, keytar
Years active2010–present
LabelsSparrow, 19
Associated actsMessenger
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Colton Dixon
Colton Dixon in February 2013.jpg
Background information
Born(1991-10-19) October 19, 1991 (age 22)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresChristian rock, Christian music[1][2]
InstrumentsVocals, piano, keytar
Years active2010–present
LabelsSparrow, 19
Associated actsMessenger

Colton Dixon (born October 19, 1991) is an American singer from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He placed seventh on the eleventh season of American Idol.[3]

Early life[edit]

Colton Dixon was born on October 19, 1991,[4][5] to parents Michael and Teresa Dixon.[6] He was born and raised in a middle-class family in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, along with younger sister, Schyler.[6][7] His father runs a face painting/air brush company, and his family has a Maltese dog named Maggie, a dog named Ozzy, and a cat named Chloe.[6] Besides being a choir member throughout high school,[8] In 2008, he was an extra during the filming of "Hannah Montana: The Movie".[8][9] He graduated from Middle Tennessee Christian School in 2010.[7] He is a devout Christian,[10] and has sung at several worship services including at Saddleback Church.[6] He and Schyler are part of a Christian rock band called Messenger.[1] He released his debut album A Messenger with EMI-CMG/Sparrow Records on January 29, 2013.[2][11] Chris Daughtry and Hayley Williams are his favorite male and female artists. Other musical influences include Paramore, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Lifehouse, Evanescence, Switchfoot, Skillet, and The Fray.[8]

American Idol[edit]


Colton Dixon originally auditioned in the tenth season, along with his sister Schyler, at the Nashville auditions. However, neither of them ended up in the Top 24.[12] Dixon performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on March 3, 2011.[10]

Dixon returned in season 11, but he did not plan to audition, initially planning to merely accompany his sister Schyler to her audition.[13] The judges implored Dixon to audition as well, where he sang David Cook's "Permanent". Both he and Schyler were awarded golden tickets.[14] Schyler was cut yet again during the Las Vegas round, which brought him to tears.[12]

On his final judgement performance, Dixon performed Coldplay's "Fix You" and dedicated it to his sister, Schyler. On February 23, 2012, Dixon was placed in the season 11 Top 25. In the semi-finals, he performed Paramore's "Decode". He was one of the top five male vote getters and advanced into the Top 13.[15] Guest performer on the Top 13 Results night and runner-up of American Idol season 10 Lauren Alaina named Dixon and fellow contestant Jessica Sanchez as her two favorites to win the competition.[16] His elimination on April 19, 2012 was considered a big surprise[3] because he had never been in the bottom three. After the show, judge Steven Tyler said that he was "beyond shocked" at Dixon's elimination.[citation needed]


EpisodeThemeSong choiceOriginal artistOrder #Result
AuditionAuditioner's Choice"Permanent"David CookN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1First Solo"Only Hope"SwitchfootN/A
Hollywood Round, Part 2Group PerformanceNot airedN/A
Hollywood Round, Part 3Second Solo"What About Now"DaughtryN/A
Las Vegas RoundSongs from the 1950s
Group Performance
"Dedicated to the One I Love"The "5" RoyalesN/A
Final JudgmentFinal Solo"Fix You"ColdplayN/A
Top 25 (13 Men)Personal Choice"Decode"Paramore4
Top 13Stevie Wonder"Lately"Stevie Wonder5Safe
Top 11Year They Were Born"Broken Heart"White Lion7
Top 10Billy Joel"Piano Man"Billy Joel10
Top 9Their Personal IdolsSolo "Everything"Lifehouse1
Trio "Landslide" / "Edge of Seventeen" / "Don't Stop"
with Phillip Phillips & Elise Testone
Fleetwood Mac / Stevie Nicks3
Top 8Songs from the 1980sDuet "Islands in the Stream"
with Skylar Laine
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton3
Solo "Time After Time"Cyndi Lauper7
Top 7Songs from the 2010sSolo "Love the Way You Lie"Skylar Grey2
Duet "Don't You Wanna Stay"
with Skylar Laine
Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson6
Top 71Songs from Now & Then"Bad Romance"Lady Gaga2Eliminated
"September"Earth, Wind & Fire9

Post-Idol career[edit]

Following his elimination, Dixon appeared on various shows. He performed a rendition of "Everything" by Lifehouse on Live! with Kelly on April 23, 2012.[17][18] He treated Access Hollywood viewers to a reprise of the same swan song.[18] He had a guest appearance on The Today Show on April 24, 2012.[19] He came back to The Ellen DeGeneres Show to perform Billy Joel’s "Piano Man" on April 26, 2012.[20] Dixon and fellow contestant Elise Testone performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on April 27, 2012.[21] He was invited to the White House Correspondents Dinner as a special guest of the Christian Broadcasting Network on April 28, 2012.[22] He also started collaborating with Brandon Heath.[23] He debuted an original song called "Never Gone" at the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2012. Colton says he wants his debut album to feature "faith-based music" without alienating a wider audience.[24] Colton's debut album "A Messenger" was released January 29, 2013 Sparrow Records.[25] He released the original song he performed on the Idol tour, "Never Gone," on iTunes September 25, 2012 which is included on his debut album. His debut single entitled "You Are" hit U.S. radio airwaves on October 19, 2012.[26] and was released on iTunes on October 30, 2012.[27] On January 3, 2013 Dixon led the song "Jesus Paid It All" at the Passion 2013 Conference.[28] On January 29, 2013 Dixon released his album A Messenger, which sold 22,000 copies in its first week.[citation needed] It debuted at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 200, number one on the U.S. Christian Chart and number one on the U.S. Gospel Chart.[citation needed] Dixon and Jessica Sanchez held a concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Manila on February 14.[29] Dixon and Josh Wilson are supporting Third Day on The Miracle Tour, the tour started on February 21, 2013 in Fairfax, Virginia and ends on May 19, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. Dixon's sister, Schyler, is also on the tour for some dates.[30] Dixon appeared on the twelfth season of American Idol on March 28, 2013, on the Top 8 results show singing his new single "Love Has Come for Me."[31] The tour will end in California per Third Day.[citation needed] He goes on tour with TobyMac in November and December 2013 on the Hits Deep Tour.[32]

Colton re-released his album "A Messenger" on January 7, 2014.[33] It has also been announced that he plans on releasing his second album in the summer of 2014.[34]


Studio albums[edit]

TitleDetailsPeak chart positionsSales
US Gospel[35]
US Christian[35]
A Messenger1511


YearSinglePeak chart positionsSalesAlbum


2012"You Are"1022
  • US: 91,458
A Messenger
2013"Love Has Come for Me"
"Jingle Bells"30non-album single

Promotional singles[edit]

YearTitlePeak chart positionsSalesAlbum

2012"Never Gone"1131A Messenger

Other charting songs[edit]

2013"Scars"A Messenger
"Let Them See You"
"This Is Who I Am"
"I'll Be the Light"


GMA Dove Awards[edit]

2013New Artist of the YearNominated
Best Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year (A Messenger)Won
Best Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year ("Never Gone")Nominated


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